The line ‘we loved with a love that was more than a love’ from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ inspired Amanda Karen to create this incredible luxury styled shoot. The styling details are opulent and romantic, and the backdrop of Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire is perfect.

Bride sitting in bath tub

I love the dark, luxurious colours that play against the pink styling touches – the black wedding cake, black wine glasses, the brides’ dark smokey eye make-up and lipstick, and the incredible deep purple wedding dress; just look at that dress!

If you are looking to move away from the traditional wedding colour palettes I’m sure you’ll love these ideas as much as I do…

“The inspiration behind this shoot founded on the Edgar Allan Poe poem ‘Annabel Lee’, in particular the line ‘we loved with a love that was more than a love’.”

Hedsor House

Hedsor House gallery

Elegant chairs

Lamp Curtain tassels

Gallery and skylight at Hedsor House

Gold bridal shoes White bridal shoes Bridal shoes with laces

Pink and brown wedding stationery

Pink marble wedding invitation

Dark wedding stationery with gold

Pink marble RSVP with gold embellishment

Black and gold wedding stationery

Edgar Allan Poe quote

Dark and Romantic

“Deep reds, elegant blacks and opulent golden touches wove the dark and romantic nature of this poem through the shoot. Hedsor House, with its iconic looming stature and its luxurious interiors, was a natural choice for the venue .

Wedding Table with pink tablecloth

Wedding place setting with rich colour details

Flowers around edge of plate

Black and clear glasses Scorpion detail on flower holder

Close up of wedding flowers

Richly coloured macarons

Wedding table flowers

Wedding plate with words around rim

Bride place card Close up of pink and purple wedding table flowers

Glasses of champagne with blackberries on chair

Drink me label

“The phrase ‘less is more’ is often attributed to wedding styling. For this shoot we went the opposite way with a ‘more is more’ attitude, and this was most evident in the luxurious haute couture feel to the dresses the models wore. Shying away from the traditional white or ivory dresses, we instead opted for rich colours and sumptuous fabrics.

Bride on gallery at Hedsor House

Bride walking down stairs at Hedsor House

Bride with chignon hairstyle

Bride in silver dress sitting

Bride with dark make-up

Bride standing at window at Hedsor House Bride with chignon updo hairstyle

Bride sitting wearing wedding dress with ruffle detail

Bride sitting holding flower Back of bride's chignon hairstyle

“This wedding styling would suit a stately home or grand hotel and it exudes high end luxury and extravagant details. With such a rich colour palette this would be ideal for a winter wedding.”

Bride sitting in chair by window at Hedsor House

Bride with chignon sitting in chair

Back of bride's chignon hairstyle

Bride holding black wedding cake

Bride with purple dress sitting in chair

Bride with purple dress holding bouquet

Bride sitting wearing blue dress Bride with dark make-up

Bride with chignon hairstyle looking out of the window

Photography: Amanda Karen Photography

Shoot Location: Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Flowers: Palais Flowers

Tableware: White House Crockery

Stationery: Studio Oudizo

Cake: Lily Vanilli

Macarons: Khadebakes

Dresses: Ian Stuart

Shoes: Freya Rose

Hair: Dionne Smith

Make-Up: Lolase Makeup

Videography: Richvision Studios

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